“Martir sa Golgota” @ Cultural Center of the Philippines This Holy Week!

martirsagolgotaDespite the modern and usually controversial approach of some of its
film and theater counterparts, Martir sa Golgota, a play based on the senakulo, the Manila Mobile Theater’s (formerly Tanghalang Sta. Ana) depiction of the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ sticks to tradition, which they’ve been doing for the past 21 years.

Martir sa Golgota adheres to the traditional format of the senakulo, a religious drama that goes back to Spanish colonial times. The play delivers various contemporary messages as well, like a commentary on the elections.

“I believe that we have to insert some commentary, otherwise, Christ’s
death would have been in vain. So yearly, we have different themes. We
have integrated topics on family, drugs, abortion, peace and order,”
explains the director, former councilor Lou Veloso. “But we’re still trying to be as close to the traditional portrayal of the Passion as possible.”

The music composed by Lou Veloso and arranged by award-winning musical scorer Vincent de Jesus for Martir sa Golgota is also a big addition to the senakulo.

This year, Jojo Riguerra will play Jesus Christ, alternating with Al Gatmaitan. Theater veteran thespian Bodjie Pascua will play John the Baptist. Alternating for Pontius Pilate are theater, TV, indie and mainstream film actor Perry Escaño and former That’s Entertainment actor Don Umali plus GMA 7 artist Rita Iringan as Mary Magdalene.

Other cast members are veteran theater actors Joe Gruta, Archi Adamos, Abel Napuran, Andy Bais, Arkin da Silva, Jojo Bolado, Ces Aldaba, Richard Manabat and completing the cast are supporting actors Mira Hipolito, ,Troy de Guzman, CJ Mangahis, Francis Cruz, Roselle Buenaventura, Jack Falcis, Jeanette Queblatin, Heidi Arima, Apple Garay , Roxane Hipolito, Vanessa Marquez, Jonil Mortel, Andro Morgan, Ralph Hipolito, Mark Ador, Ogie Ignacio, Mark Tulipat and the Manila Mobile Theater Foundation Actor’s company.

Performances are slated on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. and March 23, 3 p.m. at the CCP Little Theater; March 25, 7 p.m. at at Activity Center Pagsanjan, Laguna; March 26, 7 p.m. at Sta. Rosa Laguna, Manila; March 27, 7 p.m. at Plaza Hugo, Sta. Ana, Manila; March 28, 7 p.m. at Concert at the Park, Luneta Park Manila; and March 29, 7 p.m., at Bauan Batangas.

For inquiries on Martir sa Golgota by Manila Mobile Theater For and CCP performances, tickets are available at the TicketNet and the CCP Box-Office. For details, call 0917-6949627.

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